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Refugee Week: Book List

YPRL Staff

21 June, 2022

Sunday 19 June - Saturday 2 June

Refugee Week aims to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. The theme for 2022 is Healing.

Australia and the rest of the world have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hit the reset button on how we behave towards one another. The importance of human connections has been underscored by the pandemic and such lessons can help us in so many ways.  Mainstream and refugee communities alike can draw upon shared hardship to heal wounds, to learn from each other and to move forward. Healing can occur through storytelling, through community and also through realisation of our intrinsic interconnectedness as individuals.  Unity, chosen because life in recent times has shown us how essential it is for everyone to work together, even just to survive, let alone to thrive and progress.

To find out more about what you can do to help build a more cohesive community during Refugee Week go here


Adult Non-fiction Books

No Friend But the Mountains: writing from Manus Prison
by Behrouz Boochani

The World is Not Big Enough: The Truth is a Foreign Country for a Refugee
by Vanessa Russell

Going Back: How a Former Refugee, Now an Internationally Acclaimed Surgeon, Returned to Iraq to Change the Lives of Injured Soldiers and Civilians
by Munjed Al Muderis

The Happiest Refugee: The Extraordinary True Story of a Boy's Journey From Starvation at Sea to Becoming One of Australia's Best-Loved Comedians
by Anh Do

What is a refugee?
by William Maley

Refugees: You Can't Ask That (Streaming Video Kanopy)


Adult Fiction Books

Black Rock White City (Audio)
by A. S. Patrić

The Kite Runner (book) OR The Kite Runner (DVD)
by Khaled Hosseini

Cafe Scheherazade
by Arnold Zable

The Boat People
by Sharon Bala

A Long Petal of the Sea
by Isabel Allende

The Beekeeper of Aleppo
by Christy Lefteri

Junior Non-fiction Books

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: A True Story
by Michaela and Elaine DePrince

by Donna Rawlins

Munjed Al Muderis: From Refugee to Surgical Inventor
by Dianne Wolfer

The Extraordinary Life of Malala Yousafzai
by Hiba Noor Khan

Junior fiction Books

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
by Judith Kerr

The Silver Sword
by Ian Serraillier

When Stars are Scattered
by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

by Tristan Bancks

by Jackie French

Picture Books


Room on Our Rock: There are Two Sides to Every Story
by Jol and Kate Temple

by Phil Cummings

My Name is Not Refugee
by Kate Milner

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey
by Margriet Ruurs

Anisa's Alphabet
by Mike Dumbleton

The Little Refugee
by Ahn Do




Chasing Asylum

Refugees: You Can't Ask That (Streaming Video Kanopy)  

A Requiem for Syrian Refugees

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 

Refugee Week: Event brought to you by Banyule City Council
Join us for an evening of conversations to learn about experiences of refugees in Australia. This event is in recognition of Refugee Week, which aims to raise awareness of issues affecting refugees, promote harmony, togetherness and to celebrate refugees.

Wednesday 22 June 2022, 7pm-9pm
Level 4, 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough
Also livestreamed on Facebook
Bookings Here

Catering for this free event will be supplied by Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.

Abdul Raffaq, from Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, is originally from Pakistan and arrived in Melbourne in 2010. He has since become a powerful speaker and advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum. Abdul founded the ‘All Nations Cricket Team’. Zaynab Farah, Somali Melbourne-based spoken word artist and 2019 Victorian Poetry Slam champion.

Other speakers include:
Michlin Danha - Banyule City Council employee through the Inclusive Employment
Dr Tiina Moore – Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group
Samira Liban – member of the Multicultural Committee

Hear their fascinating stories and gain an understanding of what brought them to Australia.

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